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Crime & Courts

Man accused of obstructing justice during Spring Valley homicide investigation pleads not guilty

Eddie Mentgen faces a Class 4 felony charge

The Spring Valley man charged with obstructing justice during a homicide investigation last month pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trail during an arraignment hearing Monday in Bureau County Circuit Court.

Eddie L. Mentgen Jr., 37, faces penalties for the Class 4 felony after police say he knowingly reported false information to prevent Spring Valley Police from locating two children belonging to Marissa S. Roberts, 28, whose body was found inside her apartment around 1 a.m. April 5.

Police have said Mentgen was Roberts’ boyfriend at the time of her death. If found guilty, Mentgen is eligible for an extended term sentence, due to his extensive criminal history.

His prison sentence could be anywhere from three to six years. He could also face probation time and be forced to pay fees and fines of up to $25,000 with the felony charge.

Mentgen’s bond has been set at $500,000, with 10 percent to apply. However, he remains in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation after serving time for the Class 1 felony for manufacturing cocaine in LaSalle County.

He was picked up by Wisconsin State Police on April 6 after an arrest warrant was issued during the homicide investigation of Roberts.

Mentgen is being represented by Bureau County Assistant Public Defender Brad Popurella.

During a bond hearing Thursday, Bureau County State’s Attorney Geno Caffarini asked that Mentgen be remanded to the Bureau County Jail. However, Bureau County Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich granted Mentgen’s request to remand him to the Department of Corrections because of a parole hearing he was set to have at the end of last week.

Following Monday’s arraignment, Mentgen was returned to Illinois Department of Corrections where he will await trial. His pre-trial hearing has been set for 1:45 p.m. June 13, and a jury trial has been scheduled for 9 a.m. July 8.

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